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6A girls basketball — Newberg unable to overcome seven Grants Pass three-pointers

A month ago, Newberg appeared to have snapped out of its midseason funk, ending a nine-game losing skid by winning two of three games, including a 50-47 upset of then-second-place Tualatin Feb. 11.

Unfortunately, the Tigers offense sputtered in the final five games of the regular season, including a 46-31 loss to Glencoe in the Feb. 25 finale at McGrath Gymnasium.

Despite the long bus ride there, Newberg turned things around, shooting 41 percent from the floor in its 6A play-in game at Grants Pass Friday.by: SETH GORDON - On the loose - Sophomore Sabrina Salmons tips a loose ball away from Glencoe players during Newberg's 46-31 loss Feb. 25.

That, however, didn’t prove to be enough to overcome a 7-for-13 three-point shooting effort from the Cavemen, who prevailed 63-50 to end the Tigers’ season.

“I told the kids not to hang their heads, don’t be disappointed because they played good,” head coach Tamie Woginrich said. “Sometimes you play good and you still lose. You don’t always have to play bad to lose. Sometimes they just hit those long shots.”

In the regular season finale versus Glencoe, Newberg dug itself an eight-point hole in the first quarter and trailed 21-12 at halftime.

The Tigers were more assertive offensively in the second half, especially on the offensive glass, and effectively harassed Crimson Tide ball handlers, causing many tie ups. Unfortunately, Newberg was not able to connect on enough shots to make a dent and Glencoe closed out with 15 points in the fourth quarter to put the game to bed.

Marta Burchett led the Tigers with 10 points, with Hannah Green adding nine and Christina Bryan eight.

Woginrich said she was worried about getting off to a slow start in Grants Pass, but Newberg jumped out to a 13-9 lead after one quarter.

The Cavemen (7-16) came to life in the second, outscoring the visitors 21-9 to seize control of the game.

The Tigers (7-17) rebounded with a strong third quarter to cut the lead to 42-36 entering the fourth quarter, but Grants Pass put up another 21 points from there to punch its ticket to the 6A state playoffs.

NHS freshman point guard Taylor Rarick played her first game since injuring her ankle and was not 100 percent, but the team’s four other starters picked up the scoring slack.

Junior post Tori Eichten led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds, with senior Marta Burchett adding 12. Playing in her final game as well, Green scored eight points and Bryan, a sophomore, collected six points and eight rebounds.

“They played their hearts out,” Woginrich said. “Even though we lost, we ended on a good note with them playing well. That’s all we can do really.”

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